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5 Things I lied about in 2016

It occurred to me the other day whilst I gave a little white lie to someone about how I was, that the human race, even though we will deny it, lies a whooooole bunch. Maybe not big lies. Y’no the “I once went on a date with Tom Hardy” kinda lies, but the little ones that we don’t even really consciously think of as lies. This got me thinking, and I thought it would be funny to admit 5 “little white lies” that I told last year. Here goes

1. “I am so sorry, I already have plans with my other half” 

Birthday Cake Amynoos

To someone I do not know very well upon being invited to her birthday drinks

2. “Oh thank you so much, it looks wonderful, how lovely, how kind, thank you”.

To a student offering me a “treat” they had bought from their native land. It did not look wonderful. It went in the bin when they left the room.

3. “Oh this t-shirt, yes I have had it a while.”

If by a while you mean since yesterday? Yes.

4. “I was really good, I just had soup for my lunch.”

Soup Amynoos

And a bread roll the size of my head. And a bag of crisps.

5. “Oh only about £20”

When asked about how much I had just spent in Lush.

£45. I had spent £45. On bath products.

Have you told any good little white lies? Please share them below in the comments!

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017 Amynoos

Where the bloody hell have I been? I am not sure to be honest. Where HAVE I been? At home, trying to think of clever and witty things to write and then I see something shiny/fluffy and I am off…… attention span of a small child!

Anyhoo…

Here we are,  I am here,  Here we go, another year.

2016 was a year wasn’t it. I think it’s going to go down in infamy like the heatwave of 1976, but different because it was an entire year, and it was shit.

It wasn’t all shit.

Quite a lot of shit.

The global shit I will not go into because this is the internet and I think that has probably been covered.

Personally for me it was a bit of a mixed bag. There were some super shit things that happened, but also a lot of good. I also seemed to have a bit of an epiphany last year, maybe epiphany isn’t the right word, realisation….I am still figuring out that stuff so more on that in a later post.

Anyway, it’s done. We are no longer there. We pick ourselves up and we move on. We came out unscathed. Well…. kinda…. #brexit #potus

2017 is exciting. Change is afoot.

Jezz and I are getting married. (HOLY CRAP BAGS) It’s going to be a busy year.

As always, I go into this new year with a renewed hope that I will blog more…. but if my post history is anything to go by…*cough* 😉

For sticking with me this far here is a little video treat of my Christmas. I am hoping to do a few more videos this year so please do keep an eye over on the Tubes of You for my little face popping up.

Here is to a better year.

<3

Amy

Snowdogs by the Sea

When it was announced the Brighton would be having a public art trail called the Snowdogs by the Sea I didn’t think much about it to be honest, it kind of passed me by and I didn’t pay much attention. I had heard of such things being held before, but never has anything appeared in my hometown.

I grew up with The Snowman, it always had a bit of a special squishy place in my heart because it featured Brighton. Raymond Briggs has lived in Sussex for a long time, and a nod to this can be seen in the famous scene when The Snowman and the little boy are flying in the sky where you can spot the famous Brighton landmarks of the Royal Pavilion and the Palace Pier.

(AND EVERYONE THAT GIIIIVES US PIZZAS AS WE FLLLYYYY)

On 24th December 2012, the Snowman and the Snowdog was aired. I immediately set it to be recorded and it became a permanent feature on my Skybox (until I moved and had to get rid of Sky…sad face). It was just the cutest thing. The Snowdog was everything I dreamed he would be, stupidly cute, frozen and magical. If you haven’t watched it do it… its just too lovely.

Snowman and Snowdog

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail was announced in early January 2016, and would run from 24th September until 27th November 2016. If you are reading this not long after I have posted it you still have time to go and spot them!! They are placed all across Brighton and Hove. The furthest points being Hove Lagoon, Hove Park, Preston Park, Amex Stadium, and the Marina.

Oh and one all the way over at London Victoria just to be difficult 😉

I am obsessed.

I have been annoying everyone I know with talk of Snowdogs, and flooding social media so now it is your turn!! Moowuhahahaha!!!

The first dog I found was Blot the Dog, positioned outside Churchill Square, if you are local you might recognise his distinctive markings! There is a bus with similar inkings as well as many pubs, bars, shops and art drops around the city. These were all created by local artist #iownthisart, otherwise known as Jason McQuillen.

Blot the Dog #iownthisart

My photo was taken, and I was immediately obsessed with these gloriously decorated dogs and wanted to see them all!

Dave the Dog is positioned on Palmeira Square, and has quickly become one of my favourites. Perhaps because he is shiny, perhaps because I see him most days as he is about 10 seconds from my work. But look at him!

Dave the Dog

A trip to London to see friends at the beginning of October meant I could get the one positioned all the way in London at Victoria Station. Brighton Belle.

Brighton Belle

A couple of special lunch break missions were had to fetch the ones in the far corners of Hove.

A trip to Hove Park uncovered Marty, by artist David Halliwell, and then down to Hove Museum for Max, by artist Sarah Artnett.

Marty Snowdog Max Snowdog

Another mission over to Hove Lagoon on one lunch break to get Boomer who is safely tucked away in the Big Beach Café (otherwise known as Fat Boy Slims café) then a glorious walk along the beach to find The Snowbrador, by Ruth Cooper, on Medina Terrace.

Boomer The Snowbrador

By this point I had seen 16 of the dogs! There were a total of 45 to collect. I had come this far…..

I had the day off after my birthday so off I set on my epic Snowdog adventure. I set off at 9.30 am and had completed the remaining 29 by 3.00 pm. The final dog was Rose all the way up at the Amex Stadium. (I got the train all the way from Brighton to Falmer, got the dog, and came back again! Haha!).

BeFunky Collage 1

I had a glorious day, but was exhausted.

You can see all of the Snowdogs online here and you can find the trail map here

So what is all this in aid of?

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail is a Wild in Art event in support of the Marlets Hospice. The Marlets will always have a special resonance with me, as they are the amazing people who helped to take care of my Nanny during her final weeks. She passed away earlier this year. While visiting there it struck me how normal things felt. The building was very warm and welcoming, decorated with flowers and pictures. The staff were approachable and friendly. The patients were of all ages, and all walks of life. The staff were wonderful, and even after my Nan passed away the support for the family was amazing. They do an incredible job, and I take my hat off to them.

How can you donate?

There are many ways you can donate! If you love the Snowdogs as much as I do you can even buy one to take home (just a bit smaller) from their store on George Street, Brighton or their pop-up shop located at Churchill Square Thursdays – Sundays. A percentage of all sales go to The Martlets.

You can also purchase them online here

Here is my beloved <3 I kind of want them all!

Winter Lily Snowdog

You can also donate £3 by texting “SDOG16 £3” to 70070.

Donate to The MartletsYou can also donate online; click here

If you have enjoyed the dogs even a teeny weeny bit please be sure to donate to this very worthwhile cause.

Thank you for making it all the way to the end of this post!

If you would like to see more of my photos from the dog trail be sure to go and find me on instagram.

<3

Amy

Chit Chat – Rediscovering things

I have spent this past week in one of those weird foggy sick hazes. It was threatening all of the previous week. After having to ascend the 193 steps from Covent Garden tube station last week I developed a hacking cough for an hour, further cementing the fact I was getting sick and also that I am horrendously unfit. It’s one of those weird ones where you spend a few hours feeling like you might die, then you think you are okay for a bit and do something strenuous, y’no like have a bath, and then you feel like you might die again. Great.

Lemsip Face

I thought I was okay yesterday to go back to work however after venturing to the outside world to run a wedding related errand I rapidly realised that I was the only one that was sweating and swaying in public, and I probably needed to go back to bed. Fast forward to today, I have managed to drag myself out of my pit of despair and to the sofa. Progress is being made.

Anyway, I wanted to do another of those posts where I essentially blabber on about some rubbish about “life” and this bloggy little website I have got myself. So here goes;

I have been working on various bits for this blog and I feel like it needs a bit of an introduction, as it’s something that you haven’t seen on the blog before and you might be a bit confused about an apparent change in direction. I am not changing direction, just throwing something new into the mix.

Ever since I was teeny weeny I enjoyed writing. I used to walk around with a note pad making scribbles which was doing “writing”. One of my Mums favourite stories to tell is about how I came back from my first day at school complaining that I hadn’t learned to read and write. Haha.

I loved doing creative writing at school. In my early years at secondary school, encouraged by my English teacher, I formed a creative writing club. I had reams and reams of stories that I had written. Alas as technology moved and so did I, things got lost. I am sure there is a zip drive somewhere… probably in my possession I just cant find it. Probably for the best I bet they are brilliantly embarrassing!

As I grew up I lost it. Well, I don’t know if I lost it, I just stopped writing. So here I find myself, trying to rediscover what I used to love and so I have started some creative writing again.

I have to give a huge thank you to my wonderful friend Beth, (whose brilliant website you can find here), who has helped encourage me and helped me to activate the part of my brain I turned off. The switch isn’t fully on yet but we are getting there, it’s a dimmer switch.

Anyway, I feel a bit like this is a very long winded way of me telling you, that you have some poems and stories heading your way in the next few months. Please be gentle with me, I am using the blog as a big brainstorming board, a giant notebook if you will, of me trying to get my brain working again.

I have also really enjoyed doing my little holiday videos. I did a huge amount of editing at Uni so it’s fun to get to grips with that again. I am also hoping to throw more of those your way soon.

Speaking of which, here is another one for you! (Nice, see what I did there? Smooth.) In September a group of chums and I went to the New Forest for the weekend. I made another video of our adventuring! Please excuse the terrible video quality, I am hoping to get my grubby paws on a new camera soon :)

That’s all for now. I am off to put the kettle on for more lemsip, throw away the sea of used tissues I am surrounded with and probably watch Mean Girls. I know how to live.

30 things I have learned in my 30 years.

30 Things I have Learned in 30 years

Since my last post was a little more on the ranty side, here is a more light hearted little number for you all.

As my 31st birthday rapidly approaches here are 30 things I have learned in my 30 years:

  1. My mum was right about pretty much everything. Apart from the fact that brownies are gross, because it is a well known fact that they are not.
  2. Keep your sugar and salt marked very clearly, and very far away from each other. This will prevent any disturbing coffee traumas.
  3. Take your make up off before bed. Your skin will thank you.
  4. Do not kick a curb in a fit of rage when you miss your bus. You will not win in a fight against concrete.
  5. Lashings of butter should be added to mash potato. Otherwise it tastes like sadness. You also cannot cheat and make mash in a blender. You will get wall paper paste.Mash Potato
  6. Drink lots of water. Especially if you are going out boozing.
  7. Also, in relation to above. Eating is NOT cheating. Have some bloody dinner before you go out.
  8. Do not put furniture polish on your wooden flooring, unless you are trying to make it into an ice-skating rink.
  9. Cook rice on a low heat. This will prevent you destroying every pan you own.
  10. Do not cut your own hair. Unless you are a hairdresser. Or a small child.
  11. Take your hands out of doors/drawers/cupboards/gates before closing them.
  12. Skiing is like playing Russian Roulette. At some point it will literally break you. For me, it was emotionally.Me Skiing
  13. Sudocreme is magic. For everything. Apart from on your toast.
  14. Broccoli does taste better when you are an adult. This is why your mum made you eat it as a kid. Oh that, and it’s good for you.
  15. Making it “rain” in your own house with prawn crackers will come with it’s regrets the next day.
  16. Do not check your electric hob is on by touching it. This will remove your finger prints.
  17. At home waxing is a stupid idea. Don’t even bother. Get a professional to do it for you. Unless you enjoy being covered in sticky lumps of your own hair and tears.
  18. Being kind is a simple, yet stupendously effective thing. It will also make you feel awesome when you do something good for someone else.
  19. Cheap raincoats are a waste of time.
  20. Microwave popcorn can and will catch fire if you take your eye off the microwave for a second.
  21. Primark leggings should not ever be worn as trousers, they are see-through. I can see your pants.
  22. Do not buy smart price/essentials/the cheapest bin bags. Your rubbish will leak, and you will say some curse words.
  23. Take a minute before responding to something that has made you angry. You cant take back words once they have been said.
  24. Shots are never a good idea.kermit-1651325_1920
  25. To get rid of hiccups, take the deepest breathe you can and hold it for as long as you can. Until you feel like you might pop. Start breathing again before you pass out though eh?
  26. Time will legitimately go faster as you get older. That or I am being abducted by aliens. Repeatedly.
  27. Cacao and Chia seed pudding does not taste like chocolate mousse. Anyone claiming this is a liar.
  28. Don’t worry too much about how you look in a swimming costume. Chance is everyone else at the pool is too busy worrying about themselves too much to even notice you.
  29. Check the chair is actually behind you before you sit on it.
  30. Throw your hands in the air, wave them like you just don’t care. But be cautious of people around you because you might punch a drink out of their hand or them in the face. My bad.

Wedding Diets – A Rant

Stretching Exercise Funny

There is a photograph that you might have come across if you ever happened to search anything wedding related on the internet. It is of a woman on a treadmill, and on the treadmill next to her is a wedding dress, draped like a carrot on a stick.

My weight has fluctuated a lot since I was a teenager. This is a pretty normal thing, this happens to a lot of people. It has constantly been something I feel like I have had to think about, or something that I have been presented with as something I should be aware of. It comes from everywhere around us, friends, family and more so than anything else, the media. It occurred to me around 4 years ago that I was really tired of this, of being made to think about my weight. I was bored of complaining, or being complained too by people about how fat I am/they are, or how gross I am/they are. Even when at my smallest, my weight was still something I thought about, and that screams to me that something isn’t right. I have now come to realise that it is not my issue per say, but rather a symptom of what I have been made to feel by the world around me. It saddens me that things are like this. Not just for me, but for every single female (and male) in the Western world.

I am not 100% happy with how I look right now, but I don’t think I ever will be and I don’t think I ever have been. I think that is probably a sentiment that most women can empathise with. I have decided to accept that fact, some things you cannot change. There are more important things in the world. I have spent too many hours of my life fretting and worrying about these things, which really at the end of the day do not matter. I do not look at any of my friends and think these bad things about them, so why should I think them about myself? I have no time for it anymore.

The fact that I am now a “bride to be”, has apparently lumped me with the rule that I “MUST” lose weight in order to look my best for my wedding. This, to be frank, pisses me off. That photo pissed me off. The fact that throughout my adult life I had promised myself that I would “get my weight in order” when I got engaged pissed me off. The fact I am getting married is not a reason to lose weight. My fiancé does not love me any more or any less because of my size. I was this size when he asked me to marry him.

To be clear, this pressure has come from no one I actually know, but rather it has been shoved in my face by numerous social medias, bride magazines and wedding planning websites. I recently downloaded a “to-do” tick off list, and the top task one is “SIGN UP FOR THE GYM – now is the time to start dieting to look your best for your wedding day”.

Do you know what? Fuck you list.

If I am going to sign up for the gym it is going to be because I want to get healthier, for my life, because I want to be fitter, for my life. My marriage is not about one day, it is about my life.

So many women put themselves through hell before their weddings to fit into a dress that they will never wear again afterwards. To spend 18 month avoiding carbs and doing hours of training in the gym only to drop it all after the wedding and “let normal service resume”. All of this for one day? It just seems so silly to me.

I do not like this “dangling the carrot” thing I am being faced with. The wedding dress on the treadmill. The completely untrue “fact” that in order to be considered beautiful on my wedding day I will have to stop eating, and start running. It is grossly unfair, and unhealthy to have this attitude. I do not want my future daughter to feel like in order to be beautiful she has to be thin. I truly believe that all women are beautiful no matter what their size. The only reason to “lose weight” is for your health. Not to fit into a stupid dress.

August 2016 – Remember me?

*looks around blog*

*wipes finger along dust collecting on the windows*

Wow…. this place has been left unattended and unloved for a while…

*sits down in the dust, rather than cleaning it up*

So, summer hit again. It you look back at this time last year, you will note my numerous references to “going a bit funny” in the summer. It wasn’t quite as bad this summer, but the work load always suddenly seems to snowball and before you even have time to blink you are swamped and drowning. As quickly as it came and made you into a snappy, stressed out lunatic, it’s gone and you wonder where on earth the summer went.

Outside of work, summer has been awesome. I have had some really amazing times with amazing friends. We still have one exciting festival adventure to go on at the end of this month so it is not over yet! It hasn’t been all doom and gloom, just some real highs and some real lows.

One of the highs of summer - Brighton Pride 2016. Amazing day with amazing friends.

One of the highs of summer – Brighton Pride 2016. Amazing day with amazing friends.

Anyway, as a result of all of this, I have abandoned the blog. I feel a bit like we are friends that were really close in primary school but now we have drifted off and don’t really know what to say to each other any more. Alas I am not ready to give up on you little blog of mine.

I feel a bit like I am still very much finding my feet with what I am doing here, and perhaps trying to cater for an existing audience that doesn’t actually exist (if that makes any sense). I am not necessarily writing about things that I care about, but more writing posts to fill up space, or because I haven’t for a while. I guess that is the joy of all of this though, it’s all a bit of trial and lots of error. A scrapbook of me trying to figure out where I stand in this massive blogging universe. I am going to get things wrong, but occasionally I hope to get things right.

Thank you if you are still reading, thank you for bearing with me and thank you if you plan to stick around. I hope that eventually I will find my feet, find the value I am searching for in all of this, and I will be able to give you some cracking posts. There will also be some shit ones to look forward too I am sure.

Love and hugs

Amy

<3

P.S. I realised we never caught up about our holiday to The Netherlands. Please enjoy the video below :)

May – Month Update

May has seen some sunshine, some rain, some sunshine, some rain, bit of wind, sun and rain at the same time, but at least no snow this month. Hurrah. As one of the students keeps telling me at school “You cannot trust the weather in England”, he is 100% right.

May has been a quieter month, not quite as many exciting adventures but some fun stuff has been happening.

This month saw the return of Brighton Festival, which for me and my chum Jo means one thing, time for red wine and The Ladyboys of Bangkok! After years and years of dithering about going, we finally did last year and had the absolute time of our lives. So when this year came around there was no way we were going to miss it. This years show was fabulous, there was an abundance of glitter, feathers and cheesy tunes. I was in my absolute element! It is just so much fun. If you love a good bit of cheesy, tongue-in-cheek cabaret be sure to check it out next time they come by.

Amy & Jo Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

This month also saw Eurovision on our screens. For the last few years my friends and I have all gathered to watch this glorious spectacle and embrace some good old British (binge) drinking games… every time there is a wind machine DRINK, pyrotechnics DRINK, air punching DRINK, singing in their own language DRINK… you get the idea. We all dressed up as different countries to add to the fun (your country performs…DRINK). I was the Netherlands and Jezz was France. Had an awesome party, drank far too much and felt deservedly dreadful the next day. Thank you very much to Jo and Ed for hosting.

Eurovision 2016 Amynoos Netherlands Eurovision 2016 Amynoos France

Eurovision 2016 Netherlands France Amynoos

In May I finally got around to completing the long awaited edit for the video for my birthday last year. Yes, last year… my bad. I would like to say I have been really busy and not had time to sit and edit it together, but that would be lying! Once I finally began, I really enjoyed it! It was great fun to put all the clips together. I am so pleased with the final video. I really did have the most wonderful 30th birthday so it is something special I can look back on. Thank you again to my beautiful friends who made the trip so awesome.

It has given me a bit of a bug again about being creative, so I am hoping to make some more videos of adventures coming up. Just need to save the pennies now to get a decent camera!

At the end of May for a week, Jezz and I went off to the Netherlands with our wonderful friends Beth and James and their two children. Seeing as this holiday was half in May, half in June I will save that one for next time..

Netherlands Holiday May 2016 Beekse Bergen Amynoos

Hope that you had a lovely May! Did you do anything exciting or interesting? If so please let me know in the comments below. Also if let me know if you enjoyed the video! Perhaps some more will happen in the future.

xxx

April – Month Update

If you read my last post you will know that March was a difficult month and one that I was quite glad to see the back of. Although my Nan’s funeral was planned for the middle of April it was a much more positive month.

The day of the funeral was in a strange way, a really nice day. As my mum quoted from Dickens “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Despite being terribly sad, and it sideways raining, it was really lovely to spend the day with all of my close family. We cried together, we laughed together and we ate the biggest Chinese take-away I had ever seen! At the end of the day I thought to myself, “Nan would have really enjoyed today” and that made me smile.

This was like a box of chocolates - there are two layers!

This was like a box of chocolates – there were two layers!

April started off with a bang when Jezz, myself and 3 friends went up to London to see Infected Mushroom at The Ministry of Sound on the 1st. We planned this quite a few months back. I last saw them about 8 years ago, and we have kept missing them since then so there was no way we were missing this one! We went with our friends Chris, Adam and Adam aka Number 2 (he did not like being called number two). The boys had decided that we would go VIP to make it extra special. My 14-year old self would have literally shit her pants at the knowledge that I was in the VIP section at The Ministry of Sound in London. It was ludicrously expensive, but amazing.

The VIP actually saved us I think, I was somewhat worried about the prospect of pulling an all-nighter (it’s been a while!) but it was great having a table to return too and somewhere to sit. It worked out perfectly for us, we had drinks, danced for 2 hours straight while Infected Mushroom played and then went back until they kicked us out.

I had the best time, it was awesome.

Group Shot! Out with the boys.

Group Shot!

We had two awesome road trips in April, for the first we popped over to Bristol for the weekend to see some of Jezz’s friends that he hadn’t seen in a couple of years. We had a brilliant time, we enjoyed the first BBQ of the year, had some drinks in the sunshine and then yet more drinks in a pub, then some more drinks at someone house. So drunk, so very very drunk. I had literally the worst hangover ever on the Sunday! But had a really great time. We are going to a festival in July with a few of them so super excited for that now. Woop!

I didn't take any photos in Bristol... here are some sausage rolls I made instead. They were lush.

I didn’t take any photos in Bristol… here are some sausage rolls I made instead. They were lush.

We also went on a trip up to Leeds to wish our brilliant friends Alex and Andy a fond farewell before they jet off on an epic adventure to South America. We embarked on a pub crawl all dressed as Mexicans. Our friends Toby and Lina that travelled up with us stayed with Alex and Andy at their flat, and Jezz and I stayed in a really nice hotel about ten minutes walk away. We had a really great weekend, on the Sunday we headed over to Tropical World (lord knows I love an animal related attractions – aquarium and zoos ALL OVER IT!), and had a nice evening just chilling out together and watching some TV.

Leeds Mexico Leaving Party   Amy Jezz AlexLeeds Mexico Leaving Party

We had all booked off the Monday so we didn’t have to rush back from Leeds hungover on Sunday. So we made a slow wonder back to the South via Ikea in Croyden. I shit you not, we spent 4 hours in there. I am pretty sure that Ikea steals hours from your life in the form of scented candles, flat pack, meatballs and all the storage my heart desires.

It was a really lovely weekend all in all.

Road Trip to Leeds

The Queen also turned 90 in April, and seeing that she is obviously such a massive fan of the blog, she wore an outfit to match our engagement cake. What a legend.

Who wore it best?

Who wore it best?

That was the exciting parts of April, we were lucky to have two marvellous adventures this month. I love going on car adventures, so excited to plan more for this year now we have a car! :)

HIVEDATE = The saga continues… I decided that my two culprits were either the biological washing liquid I had recently started using, or perhaps the new Dove body wash/body lotion. So I stopped using both and it seemed to clear up. HURRAH. No hurrah. On the Sunday of our adventure to Leeds I woke up super rashy and itchy. WAH. I have been taking anti-histamines since. It flares up for a few days, then I am okay again. I am keeping an eye on it. I would like to say that hopefully I will not have to write about the hives saga again, however seeing as I am typing this from May… I can tell you it will not be the last hivedate. Sigh….

March – Month Update

This month has been pretty difficult to write. When I set up this blog, the main focus what to “find the happy”, and I still stand by that. Which is probably why the March update is running a bit behind, because to be frank, March has sucked.

It has been one thing after another and I am glad to see the back of it. It’s hard, even for the most annoyingly positive person, to remain positive after a month of rubbish-ness.

However we are now in April, already things are looking up so hopefully it is the end of the crap.

Here are some good things that happened in March:

Ski Holiday was a bit of a fail for me as I got sick with this horrific cold/flu/bronchitis bug that has been doing the rounds, however it was a blast with the others. The resort was really beautiful and we had a lovely chalet which I bonded with very well. Me and that sofa spent some hours together over BBC daytime TV.

La Plagne France Ski Holiday

I did manage to get out of the chalet one day to the Spar shop and purchased all these sweets. I am obsessed with these so when I saw all the different colours had to get them all. Still to try the purple ones…

Haribo Tagada Pink Red Purple

My wedding shoes arrived. I cannot reveal them just yet, but they are so beautiful and ridiculous and exactly what I wanted! I know a lot of girls who have dreamed about every aspect of their wedding day since they were little, but I haven’t really. The only real thing I had in my head that I knew I wanted was my shoes, so ticked that off the list pretty promptly when I found out it was possible. I have plenty of time to break them in! Hurrah!

Here is a little clue, it is these shoes but I have had them customised.

Wedding Shoes

This door stop.

I cannot have a real one (cat…not doorstop), so Coco has come to live with us. She is pretty low maintenance, won’t go outside… I think she might be a bit intimidated by the cat next door. She likes to sit by the radiator at the back door, I think it’s probably because it’s nice and warm there…. 😛

Coco Cat Door Stop

I finally caved and bought the limited edition Liz Earle cleanser (yes another one, I have a problem) but it came with loads and loads of these potato starch packing peanuts. After deciding that everyone in my office needed to experience a packing peanut snow blizzard (you’re welcome) our accounts chap told us you could make things with them. He then produced the elephant. He has some serious skills, totally wasted in accounts. The rest of the office proceeded to have a go and produced the zoo below which now lives on my desk.

Packing Peanut Zoo

So that is where we are at now. We are actually pretty deep into April so I will need to start that post soon!

A Little Note.

On Monday 28th March 2016 my beautiful, brave Nanny, lost her hard-fought battle with a long illness. It was not a shock, we knew it was coming, but it was still very sad. We are going to miss her very, very much. (And her roast potatoes). She was the best Nanny ever, she spoiled her grandchildren rotten and coined the phrase “chimney pot” because if we asked for it, she gave it to us. I remember as a kid once complimenting her on her super sparkly clip-on earrings as she came to our front door for a visit. She promptly whipped them off and gave them to me. Whatever she could do to make any of us happy, she would do. There are lots and lots of happy memories. She was the best.

Rita Ada Mitten

18.04.1934 – 28.03.2016

 Rita Ada Mitten

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